Writers put their talent on display

Cramlington young writers who are putting their talent on show.
Cramlington young writers who are putting their talent on show.

A group of talented young writers have presented their original work at an event in Cramlington Library.

The group of young people aged 12-19 has been meeting weekly in the library as part of the Cuckoo Young Writers programme run by New Writing North in association with bait and Northumberland Libraries.

The Cramlington group started in September after a successful writing taster week over the summer, also in Cramlington Library.

During that week, the young people tried out a range of writing projects, including bookmaking, dark fiction, poetry and script writing with several different writers.

Since September, writer Sheree Mack and facilitator Lizzie Nixon have led the group, where they have been working on film poems – which they have named ‘floems’ – that combine film, imagery and words.

Sheree Mack believes it is important for young people to ‘work with words in a new way’.

The group also produced handmade zines with poems on topics ranging from Amelia Earhart to the apocalypse.

At Saturday’s event, each member of the group performed a poetry reading. A screening of the floems followed, including a moving film about an elderly couple written by Aimee Parker.

Although the group only formed in September, members have already gone on to publish their work online with Cuckoo Quarterly, the literary magazine for young writers, and recorded poems that were broadcast on Radio Northumberland.

Amy Mitchell, programme manager (Young People) at New Writing North, said: ‘We have such a talented group of young writers in Cramlington.

“It’s been a real pleasure to watch them develop confidence in their writing over the past few months.

“I am looking forward to seeing the work they produce next term, and to watching them grow as writers and as people.’

The group meets on Saturdays in term time, with the next session on Saturday 10 January. They hope to welcome along any newcomers with an interest in writing.

Sessions run from 11am-1pm in Cramlington Library. The sessions are free, and there is no need to book.

For more information, email Amy Mitchell amy@newwritingnorth.com or visit www.newwritingnorth.com